Mini's Clubman JCW is now on sale from $53,900 before on-road costs with the six-door hatch range finally receiving its 170kW/350Nm performance flagship.
The Clubman line-up expands to three variants with the inclusion of the JCW, adding to the $34,900 Cooper and $42,900 Cooper S, which were released locally in November 2015.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is carried over to the Clubman from the other latest-gen JCW models – including the Hatch and Convertible – but a 30Nm boost in torque sees it become Mini's most powerful engine yet, sporting 350Nm alongside a familiar 170kW power output.
Sprinting from 0-100km/h takes only 6.3 seconds for the Clubman JCW, which also offers a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 7.2 litres per 100km.
The twin-scroll turbo four-pot is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission by default, but customers can opt for a six-speed manual gearbox for no additional cost.
Customers can elect to have the JCW fixed sports suspension package fitted, which reduces ride height by 10mm.
An All4 all-wheel drive system makes its debut in the range-topping Clubman, marking the first time this drivetrain has been made available in a non-Countryman model or any Clubman variant.
This all-paw set-up – which is optimised to be lighter and more efficient – is hydraulically operated and is paired with a dynamic stability control system to ensure maximum traction in any scenario.
For no additional cost, customers can elect to have the JCW fixed sports suspension package fitted, which reduces ride height by 10mm.
Additionally, dynamic damper control is another no-cost option which allows the driver to select between either a comfort or sports-biased suspension set-up.
'Mini Performance Control' comes as standard on the Clubman JCW and helps reduce understeer when cornering.
External visual changes for the JCW over the rest of the Clubman range include 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, LED headlights with high beam assist, a tougher-looking body-kit and bonnet stripes.
Internally, the flagship wagon offers front and side driver airbags, front passenger airbag, front and rear curtain airbags, head-up display, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, DAB digital radio, leather cross punch upholstery and ambient LED interior lighting with adjustable colour palette.
The standard suite of driver and safety aids extends to active cruise control with stop and go functionality, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors with parking assistant, and speed limit info.
A number of option packages exist including the $2200 convenience package which adds electric front seats with memory function and electronically adjustable lumbar, 40/20/40 split rear seating with armrest, alarm with illuminated aerial fin, and an interior and exterior mirror package.
For $2400, the climate package will see the addition of a panoramic glass sunroof, sun protection glazing and heated front seats, whilst another $650 for the control package will add adaptive LED lights and tyre pressure monitoring.
Mini's range-wide three year/unlimited kilometre warranty is shared with the Clubman JCW.
2017 Mini Clubman JCW list pricing
Mini Clubman JCW – manual – $53,900
Mini Clubman JCW – automatic – $53,900